Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Name that Pattern

Hey All,

Hope you're enjoying some beautiful fall weather, maybe working on some fun fall projects. Me, I'm into designing for winter and Christmas patterns right now. It's probably the easiest time for me, as I love to draw snowmen!

I have a new one, just completed today. I still have to write the pattern, and I'm looking for your help! Go to Blueberry Backroads' Facebook page, and name the pattern - under the October 14th post. If I choose your pattern name, I'll send you a free pattern - any one you like from my website!

And while you're there, don't forget to LIKE US and never miss out on new pattern announcements, show dates, and more.

Thank you for your help! I look forward to hearing from all you creative souls!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Holiday Patterns

A couple more patterns - complete! These are my two newest - for those of you who love to get a jump start on everything holiday related.
#068 - A Joyful Holiday
Happy Holidays: 10 1/2" x 15 1/2"
Joy: 7 1/2" x 8 3/4"

#072 - Wintertime Sampler
13" x 13"
Visit our website to see all our patterns and to place an order.

Now I'm off to enjoy some BEAUTIFUL 75 degree weather! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Love to Color!

I have a new favorite thing! COLOR CRAYONS!
I went nuts and bought the bonus box. Who doesn't need 96 color crayons??!!

Last week I started taking a class at a most fantastic quilt shop in my neck of the woods - The Noble Quilter in Elk River, Minnesota. The project - A Gardener's Alphabet, designed by Crabapple Hill, taught by the very talented Connie Chapman. Here's a picture of her completed quilt, hanging up at The Noble Quilter. This is what I'm aspiring to!

I got started today with the color crayon portion of the project, AND I AM CRAYOLA'S NEW BIGGEST FAN. Here's a little step-by-step of how I colored Block A.

As the pattern highly recommends, I first colored in everything with a white crayon. This seems to add a nice base over which to color. It fills in the muslin fabric's "pores", providing a nice, smooth surface. And then I chose my greens, and started to fill in those leaves! Connie suggested starting with the lightest color, then shading with darker and darker colors. And it really seemed to work!

On to the pumpkin. I started out by coloring it in with gold, then shading with orange, and then brown (light to dark).

I'm amazed by how much dimension the brown gives!

And finally, I colored in the letters and Little Miss Butterfly.

Next - I embroider! I can't wait to sit down this evening and get started.

On a side note, check out this rainbow that my 3-year old niece, Isla, drew. I think it's the most adorable use of color I've ever seen. If my sister doesn't convince her to draw me one of these soon, I have no qualms about stealing this off her fridge!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Patterns are In!

Hey All! 

Hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. The Minnesota State Fair was going on so we made a couple trips there and indulged in cheese curds, salted nut rolls, turkey sandwiches, unlimited MILK (love MN!), etc, etc. 

Back to work this week, and we have three new patterns available!
#069 - Early Riser
#070 - Bird Lovers Sampler
#071 - Pumpkin Peddler
Give us a call - 218-230-4801 - or send us an email to place an order. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time for YOU to Vote!

Remember those birdies from my last post? Well, they've really started to take shape! Here are the four little blocks that I'll be turning into a wall hanging.

And now it's your turn to vote! Go to our Facebook Page, and vote on today's post. Which birdie is your favorite? The favorite bird on Facebook will be made into a little pillow as part of the pattern!

And don't forget to LIKE Blueberry Backroads when you stop by. Can't wait to hear from everyone and tally the votes! Getting your feedback is one of my favorite things about social media. I love to hear from you!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Process

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the process of coming up with a new pattern. Something just sort of comes to me - sometimes first thing in the morning, sometimes upon seeing something beautiful in nature, and sometimes... when I look at a dishtowel! Let me explain.

Tonight I was reorganizing my work area, and came upon this dishtowel I purchased a couple of months ago. Pretty cute, right?

Well, that made me think - Hey, I like birds! Other people like birds! Right...??? So why not make a stitchery with birds! Then it's thinking about how to make those birds take shape... And I recall this recent pattern I completed called Wildflower Sampler.

And it occurs to me - that same concept would work beautifully with birds! So far so good. I take a few notes, think about nests and birdhouses and such...

And now comes my FAVORITE part - drawing! I pull up some pictures of birds on my computer. I know I want to include a robin. So I just look at hundreds of pictures of robins, remind myself what they look like, how their wings lay, how long their beaks are, and...

Ta da! A robin! Next let's try a goldfinch...

I have two more to draw. Maybe a meadowlark? Maybe a chickadee? Not sure, but I can't wait to get back to drawing!

And that's how my design process begins. Tweet tweet!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Patterns are In!

On their way from the printers, these new patterns are available this week!
#062 - Autumn Sampler

#063 - Lovely Little Fall

#064 - Merry Little Christmas

#065 - Happy Halloween!

#066 - Inside a Book
Give me a call anytime to place an order, and we will get your credit card information over the phone. These patterns will ship early next week. And click here to see all of Blueberry Backroads' patterns.

Thanks everyone and happy happy stitching!